I have never read or heard seroquel being prescribed for migraine treatment.
I take seroquel now for 5 years, and I am bipolar, seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, not migraines, actually a side effect from this medication is headaches and it is a common side effect.-
For migraines and migraine prevention I take Topamax (topiramate), and it is a very good drug, also used for the treatment of epilepsy.- Ask your doctor about this medication.-
Hello treejump. Interesting question. I thought awhile and it might help, the Seroquel has a sedative effect and some users take it in the evening or at bedtime because of that reason. So, the possibilty of being sedated,then one might have less stress, anxiety being less, might ease a migraine. Again, if the migraine is/was brought on by either stress or anxiety. Its just my own theory,and just that and nothing to back it up with. Seroquel as was said, is an antipsychotic and prescribed accordingly. Best of health and wishes to you,pledge
Seroquel is actually prescribed for migraines as an off-label use. The reason why is, migraines can be caused by variations in serotonin levels, which Seroquel helps stabilize. For that reason, discontinuing the medication abruptly will for sure GIVE YOU a migraine. You should ween off it as slowly as possible. That's why it's both an indication and a side effect, like antidepressants (can both help and worsen your depression).
I've been on it for months now, and it helped tremendously. My insomnia and migraines are both gone since I started taking it. It does make you gain weight though, in my case that's a desired side effect since I do not feel hunger and I'm underweight, but for anybody else could be a real concern. You will feel more hungry and it will be harder to resist. Seroquel makes me sleep like a baby, and I honestly prefer it to benzos. I have BPD and took Prozac, Trazodone, Ativan, Xanax, and a few more I don't remember, but Seroquel had been the best. Waking up can be hard, but I find taking my medication 12 hrs before I need to wake up is perfect. During the day I take 1 pill, so I asked for the XR pill which lasts longer and doesn't make you drowsy. On the other hand, the XR pills are less efficient for falling asleep, so I wouldn't recommend them at night.
Obviously, discuss options with your physician, and if you feel doubts get a second opinion, but above anything, maybe familiarize yourself with how the drugs actually work. That way, you can understand why they prescribed you the medication, because a lot of the times they won't say (some believe patients can't understand, other that they don't care - show your doctor that neither is accurate), and you won't pass up what could be good help just because you're unsure of the side effects. That's legitimate, but some online research can help tremendously.
Hi, Im a bit late on this one, but I hope you will see my answer. :) I have both migraine headaches and bipolar disorder. I took Candesartan as migraine prevention and Lamotrigine for bipolar. Then I got Seroquel/quetiapine because I wont get out of this 2 year old depression.. So far I havent really gotten any better with the depression or sleep for that matter (Im still at a very low dose though) BUT I have had a single migraine attack in 2,5 weeks! Usually I have 2-4 a week. Also I had to stop taking Candesartan because it was damaging my kidneys, but I only had a few days with normal headaches because of withdrawal. So my hope is that this will keep working way better than all the other migraine preventions Ive tried.
I definitely think it's worth a try.
- Seroquel Information for Consumers
- Seroquel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Seroquel (detailed)
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